Replacing the fired John Galliano at Dior is arguably the biggest decision Bernard Arnault will ever make. (Mostly because there was less riding on the position when he first hired Galliano in the Nineties.) Since Galliano's reign at the storied Paris fashion house was a time of major financial growth, Arnault needs to choose someone who can continue on that commercial path without compromising design. It's a tough one, mostly because many of the designers proven capable of this are already stationed in plum creative director roles. Will Arnault look outside LVMH to replace Galliano, or will he make some swaps within the empire? We've crafted some educated guesses.
London-based designer Erdem Moralioglu has had his fair share of press. But we were still curious about the man behind those neo-Edwardian prints. So we recently caught up with the designer, whose show was underwritten by Swarovski this season, to chat about everything from the Royal College of Art to finding good food in The Big Smoke. Fashionista: You're best known for your prints--now everyone seems to be designing and creating their own textiles--what's your reaction to that? Erdem Moralioglu: I think it’s really exciting to see what you can do with new technology and apply it to textiles. Innovation in any form is really exciting. You're Canadian, you've worked for DvF, and you've settled down in London. What's the best thing about working as a designer in the city? London is where I trained as a designer and is also now my home. The best thing is probably being close to my friends and family but also everyone that I work with.